This is quite possibly one of the most temperate birthdays this February baby has ever had in his 53 (gasp!) years. And while we still have a few hours left to go, so far it’s pretty close to perfection.
The plan was for him to have a Mario Kart marathon with Hudi, Zeb, Bri and Lauren, but that plan changed very quickly when we woke up to gloriously sunny skies and warm air. It was 45 degrees when he and I hit the slopes after a few cups of coffee (and a wee bit of work)!
Swain today was a complete gift. We are so fortunate to have a place to play during this depressingly snowless winter. The slopes were powdery, there were lots of people around, but it wasn’t obnoxiously crowded, and smiles were abundant. Happy sigh.
After a few hours we went home to a house where the Grateful Dead was playing, and the dog had already been walked. We ordered a Highlander pizza and a Veggie pizza then Chris and the kiddos took up the controllers. I happily listen to them as they play.
We sure miss CJ, but we know he’s super happy out on the slopes in Utah.
Want to know something crazy about this year? In a few months, I will have been part of Chris’ world for half of his life. That’s pretty pivotal, and I’m really happy he has let me be part of his journey.
My son attends a virtual high school so he’s not part of the general high school flow. But he just got a chance to go to a prom anyway. Thanks Christina! Not only did he get to go, but he got to attend with a truly wonderful young woman who is a fabulous ski instructor. (Because that’s what really matters–and it could only be better if that switched to snowboard, but that’s a different story for a different day.)
I know it’s hokey, but it’s true. These kids are beautiful–outwardly and inwardly. The world is in good hands with the next gen if they are like these kiddos. It was a treat watching them prepare for a fun evening out. Hover over the pics for a narrative if you want. Or click on the first pic and scroll through. Whatever you want… 🙂
Getting ready to go girly.
The dog was so excited to see everyone around.
Look! Your hair matches my eyelashes, Lauren!
Waiting for pretty Christina to emerge.
Brothers. Hudi is waiting for Christina to emerge from the house, and CJ looks like he’s up to no good.
How does one attach a flower to a garment without stabbing?
She’s got style…
Ever so serious…or not.
How can you not love this smile?
Wrist bands are easier than pins.
Some of the best ski/snowboard instructors out there. Swain is lucky.
Yeah. These kids. We love ’em.
Can’t be serious for the lives of themselves.
That’s my boy!
I love those earrings.
Final touchups on makeup.
Still lovin’ that smile.
CJ photographing the guys.
Father and daughter. Two great ski instructors.
More father and daughter.
Yes, sir. That’s my baby (when did he get so big?)
What is your idea of bliss? That’s today’s assignment for Photo 101.
I tried to remember my latest feeling of bliss, and it occurred just a week or so ago at Swain Resort. It was a perfect day, and I was snowboarding with my husband. We weren’t freezing, and the snow was coming down in big, fluffy flakes.
As I charted my way down the slope, I heard the laughter of school-kids calling to each other and the whistle of a train wending its way through the valley below.
I inhaled clear, thin air and lifted my face up so the snow fairies could kiss my cheeks. Memories of time spent with my kids and friends danced around me as the smell of chicken wings lured me into the lodge after “just one more run.” Yeah, that’s bliss.